The Good Life Cafe was a health food market and cafe in Los Angeles, California, known for its open mic nights that helped to flourish the 1990s Los Angeles alternative hip hop movement. On Thursday nights from 8-10 pm, artists were allowed to perform one song, which could be written or a freestyle. When a performance was not up to par, the audience would call out "Please pass the mic!" and the emcee would end the performance promptly. Also, there was a strict policy that no cursing was allowed. After the venue closed at night, people would take their rhymes into the parking lot and battle. Good Life regulars included Freestyle Fellowship, Pigeon John, Abstract Rude, Chillin Villain Empire, Volume 10, Figures of Speech, Spoon Iodine, Jurassic 5 and Ganjah K, among many others.
The last Good Life open mic show was on September 1997, while the cafe itself closed in 1999. Regulars Aceyalone and Abstract Rude later founded Project Blowed, a hip hop workshop inspired by the Good Life Cafe.
In 2008, director Ava DuVernay, who had performed at the cafe with Figures of Speech, released a documentary about the cafe titled This Is the Life. The film featured several Good Life attendees discussing the importance of the open mic nights to themselves and the hip hop scene.